Meanings

1.
general knowledge
(In the sense of general knowledge ABOUT the world, not BY the world.)
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Word Family

Root: *mei-

The core idea of this root was:

change, go from one to another

One branch of the tree focused on the idea of  “things shared by all”. Like… tools being passed around in the community for example. That’s the branch around common, community. communication and communism and also the Germanic gemein and mean (read my article for details).

But there are more offspring, so here’s a little overview:

  • migrate, emigrate (“moving from place to place”)
  • municipal (originally “services in the community”)
  • immune (originally “not rendering services”)
  • mutate, mutation (“change”)
  • mutual (“in exchange”)
  • mis-, mistake, mishear (originally “in a changed way”)
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